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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Starting a new business is exciting. It’s challenging. It’s also daunting. There’s so much to do, so much to learn and so many tasks to be ticked off. Where do you even start? 

Whatever the nature of your business, you’re going to have to work tirelessly to ensure it succeeds. Thankfully, by utilising the following tools, you can reduce much of the stress that is associated with launching a new venture. 

Whatever the nature of your business, you’re going to be spending time on the web. Whether it’s a riding stables or a digital marketing company you’re starting up, you’ll likely be using email, social media, online advertising and maintaining a website as well as relying on numerous other web-based services. 

Here are a few pieces of technology you’ll almost certainly want to harness: 

Cloud Storage 
Whether it’s Dropbox, Google Drive or one of the numerous other cloud-based services out there, it’s a good idea to keep your stuff in the cloud. Not only does this provide a secure means of backing up your files, but it’s the quickest and easiest way to share documents with clients; images; video; documents to share with clients or your accountant. Stick it in the cloud and you’ll be secured against hard drive failure, theft or fire. 

Skype needs no introduction; everyone and their granny now uses it to keep in touch. When you’re starting your own business however, you’ll truly start to appreciate the value of Skype or a similar VoIP service. It’s great for keeping in touch with clients without running up huge phone bills. Install it on your smartphone and you’ll always be contactable – even from the pub! 

Freelancing Software 
There’s all sorts of clever software now available to enable you to spend less time dealing with paperwork and more time focusing on your core business. Try using apps such as Toggl, which will enable you to keep track of the time you’ve spent on a project – handy if you’re billing by the hour – as well as Outright, which helps you record your expenses and calculate your tax. 

Digital Banking 
To save time and money, you’ll want to choose a bank that specialises in small business accounts. Ideally, go for one that provides an excellent digital banking service. That way you’ll spend less time queuing – and more time ensuring that your business is a success. How will you use technology to kickstart your new business?

Author Bio:
The author of this article is a part of a digital marketing agency. The content contained in this article is for information purposes only and should not be used to make any financial decisions. 

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